Our article about the top five sci-fi gadgets that we actually have today was a particularly interesting one to write. It’s always fascinating to see how sci-fi movies predicted – or even inspired – modern gadgets we use in our everyday lives today. We also reviewed four of the greatest sci-fi movies and the science behind them.
In this article, however, our focus is a little different. Having gone back to watching a few notable sci-fi movies, we noticed that a lot of the science features in those movies were eerily accurate, even when the movies were made before the actual scientific theories were discovered. Here are the top sci-fi movies that featured science accurately.
Blade Runner will always be a sci-fi classic, and we’re not praising the movie for its scientific accuracy as a whole. It is simply a great fantasy movie to watch. The movie was an instant hit when it was first launched in 1982, featuring synthetic humans and flying cars. Flying cars may not be too far-fetched, but don’t expect to see memory implants anytime soon.
Where Blade Runner surprised everyone is its depiction of the world’s atmosphere. That scene which featured the world’s blackened sky littered with storms has all the telltale signs of an atmosphere ruined by excessive contamination of carbon. In fact, scientists believe that we may have a sky similar to that depicted in Blade Runner in just a few years if we don’t take action to stop air pollution.
Minority Report is another sci-fi classic. It is the work of Steven Spielberg, a man with an immense fascination for science. It is not surprising to find out that Spielberg actually brought in a lot of brilliant minds, including computer engineers and scientists, to consult for the movie. It is also not surprising to find most of the technologies featured in the movie are already available today.
Motion-tracking computer interface, retinal scanner (we even have this on our phones these days), and head-up displays or HUDs are already being implemented in the real world. Other technologies featured in the movie are just a few years away from real world implementation.
The last movie on our list is one of my all-time favorites: Gattaca. It is a movie about the perfect society, built through genetic modifications. The movie was released in 1997 and was also among the all-time sci-fi classics.
The fields featured in the movie are prominent fields in today’s world. Universities such as Rutgers Online are opening their online master of engineering in biomedical engineering to more students. Online MEBME degree holders are affecting the world as we speak, coming up with solutions for stroke recovery and selective medication delivery.
The genetics and DNA modification parts of the movie are just as real. It is astonishing to remember that this movie was introduced in 1997.
These movies may not be based on real science, but their depictions of science were eerily accurate. It may not be that long until we have androids and genetically-modified super-babies like in the movies.
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